2012 March

March 29, 2012

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition has gone gold!

Last year’s stellar PC RPG The Witcher 2, has finally made it down the home stretch to its console release. CD Projekt RED announced today, via press release that The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition has gone gold and will meet its April release date.The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, is an enhanced version of the The Witcher 2 that will feature new content and an uncompromised graphical fidelity that will make any 360 owner salivate. Thsoundman reviewed the original PC release last year and loved every living pixel of the game, and I am excited to finally play the well crafted series since I do not have an uber gaming rig, yet. WB Games will be publishing the North American version and the game will available on April 17th, can’t wait! Check out the video below for some of the coming changes and just to see who beautiful the game is, yet running on almost 7 year old console.

 

 

March 29, 2012

Warhammer, back to basics…. no more MMO hopes

THQ execs have been taking another look at the next addition to the franchise, Dark Millennium, that was said to possibly be an MMO. They have decided that investment requirements may be far exceeding what they expected for a lack of return at the time and are shifting the focus away from the MMO world and back to the basics of Warhammer. This probably came as some what of a surprise for employees at Relic and Vigil studios as 118 people have been laid off.

THQ has taken the idea of Warhammer 40,000 and thrown it around hitting every genre possible so they thought about taking it a step further and producing an MMO based on the world of marines and orcs… However, the cost to return on investment scale seems to show that it may not be the wisest decision to make in todays market. They have taken the focus off of the massively multiplayer online aspect and decided that a single player campaign with multiplayer features is a better route. This begs the question, “What happened to ‘Space Marine’ multiplayer?”. Did they just let this design fall off the edge of the earth? Should we trust their ideals on multiplayer functionality in a single player game anymore?

So what did THQ CEO Brian Farrell have to say about this? “As previously announced, we have been actively looking for a business partner for the game as an MMO, However, based on changing market dynamics and the additional investment required to complete the game as an MMO, we believe the right direction for us is to shift the title from an MMO to a premium experience with single and multiplayer gameplay, robust digital content and community features.”

This change in genre and platform is actually costing the employees of THQ. The publishing giant is downsizing 79 people from the Austin, Texas Vigil Games and 39 more from Vancouver’s Relic Entertainment. THQ said that a release window would be announced later on this project.

March 28, 2012

No internet? then no SimCity for you

Maxis is currently developing the latest SimCity due for release in 2013. The game will require Origin to play as it is being published by EA but aside from EA shoving Origin down our throats they will also require a constant internet connection through Origin in order to play the new SimCity. The game will be available through other methods besides Origin but the bottom line is to play SimCity you will need both Origin and an internet connection, and you will need both at the same time. EA has made the announcement that a constant internet connection is required due to the games focus on multiplayer and worldwide economies.

Personally I dont buy this excuse, I get that piracy has become a significant issue these days, however its bad enough that EA is shoving Origin down everyone’s throats, they are only making things worse by requiring a constant net connection in order to play a game the user has already paid good money for.  Does most everyone have internet these days? Sure, there are few who dont, that doesnt mean we are OK with our computers being looked into while we game. Like I said Origin itself is enough of a nuisance, forcing us to have a constant connection while gaming takes it to far I think.

What do you think? Is this taking things to far or is it a necessary evil? Tell us your thoughts on this

March 25, 2012

Bioshock 2 Giveaway Winner

 

TGB wants to say congratulations to thecreide for winning the Bioshock 2 Giveaway!  We’ve already contacted you via email letting you know that you won and we have also added you on Steam.  Please contact us at your earliest convenience to claim your prize.  Thanks for participating and congratulations!

March 25, 2012

Dungeon Siege Complete on Steam $9.99

I normally don’t post about sales on Steam but I think this one is a really reall good one.  Right now and today only you can pick up all Dungeon Siege tiles, 1, 2 and 3 plus DLC on Steam.  Dungeon Siege is a very Diabloesq dungeon crawler and provides many hours of hack and slash fun.  I decided to pick this up for myself as purchasing them seperatly would be over $70.00.   I already own the first two Dungeon Siege titles but the discs were in horrible shape so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone.  You guys can pick it up here from Steam.

March 24, 2012

Kid Icarus: Uprising impressions and deals

 

 

Nintendo launched Kid Icarus: Uprising yesterday, a game for the 3DS that was positioned to be a launch title for the 3DS but went through a series of delays. Good news though it was well worth the delays, I will have our final review here shortly but you can pick up this game today at Best Buy for $29.99. The deal started yesterday and will end tonight so hurry and grab this game, typical retail is set at $39.99. I have only been playing the single player so far but from that stand point alone it is worth your time and money. The visuals are fantastic, the witty dialogue was a big surprise, and the game is action packed with great on-rail segments, and the occasional ground combat missions. The only downfall to this point is the controls do take some time to get use to, the small stand the game comes with helps since you will be using the circle pad and touch screen in conjunction. Oh and did I mention the game was developed by Project Sora and famed designer Masahiro Sakurai, part of the team that was behind Super Smash Brothers franchise!  Hurry! Grab the game and help Pit stop Medusa in a sequel that was 21 years in the making.

March 22, 2012

Time to upgrade? Nvidia releases GTX 680

Is it time to upgrade your outdated graphics? Are you an enthusiast that has to have the latest and greatest? The GTX 680 may be for you. Nvidia has released its newest GPU code named Kepler. The GTX 680 is their latest high end video card with low to mid range cards to follow.

The GTX 680 runs at a clock speed of 1.06Ghz with 1536 CUDA Cores and 2Gb of GDDR5 RAM clocking in at 3Ghz (6Ghz effective). it supports DX11, Open GL 4.2, 3D vision, 3 way SLI, Physx, FXAA and TXAA, Nvidia Surround with support for 3 surround monitors and a fourth accessory monitor, Nvidia adaptive Vsync and Nvidia GPU boost.

GPU boost is a new tech that works alot like CPU turbo boost, it measures the load on the GPU and will adjust the clock speed accordingly to maximize performance and frame rates while also minimizing power draw and heat. You may have seen FXAA available is some previous games but TXAA is entirely new, it combines MSAA, temporal filtering and post processing for extreme image fidelity. Nvidia is also taking on AMD’s eyefinity, the GTX 680 supports a 3 monitor set up on just one GPU with the option for a fourth accessory monitor. Physx has been ramped up a bit as well, you may have noticed that a new Physx version was available with the latest driver release, this is no doubt meant to be in conjunction with the new 600 series GPU’s. As usual Nvidia has managed to keep the card’s size to a minimum measuring in at 10″ long, typical for most of Nvidia’s high end cards making it an easy fit into smaller cases.

For the power conscious out there the GTX 580 requires a 550w PSU with two 6 pin connectors and a maximum power draw of 195W.

The GTX 680 seems to pack alot of punch but it comes at a price (as it always has), $500 USD. This pricing is right in line with previous high end cards and can be a bit hard to swallow, however for the cost, albeit a bit over priced, you do get alot out of the card’s tech, and in my opinion Nvidia’s build quality is second to none. And if you’ve been on the green team for a while this price tag is no surprise, to be honest I was bit surprised it wasnt $50-100 more.

If you happen to be in the market or are interested in upgrading this isnt a bad choice if you’ve got the coin, otherwise if you dont mind doing without Physx and some of the newer tech Nivida is coming up with AMD is a great option for less money.

March 22, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Will Be Getting New Ending

 

Bioware announced that after much ‘constructive’ critcism from their fans that they will be working on some additional end game content for Mass Effect 3.  They want to please their fans while keeping their artistic integreity of their development teams.

 

“I believe passionately that games are an art form, and that the power of our medium flows from our audience, who are deeply involved in how the story unfolds,” Muzyka wrote, “and who have the uncontested right to provide constructive criticism. At the same time, I also believe in and support the artistic choices made by the development team. The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3’s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.”

 

The new ending might help bring more closure to fans who didn’t care so much for the polarized ending that Mass Effect 3 had.  Personally I was not a fan of it and I would have liked to had a little more closure and found out what happened in regards to my choices in earlier Mass Effect titles.

March 22, 2012

Gaming in Stereo: Hidden Gem Thursday

 

 

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I apologize that this is getting up a bit later than usual, but I am making up for it. Today’s song highlights one of the hidden gems from the previous console generation, Beyond Good & Evil. Michel Ancel action/adventure game was a masterpiece that did not sell well upon release but has since had a HD release and Ubisoft has already green lit a sequel. The game is worth your time and money on whatever platform you choose and so is time on this remix. Frame of Mind by Aurora, SGX, and destructo is wonderful and full of great beats and vocals. So please, check out BG&E and give this great remix a listen, the song alone may sway you.

 

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01189/

March 21, 2012

Gaming in Stereo: Jade Empire Wednesday

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With all of the turmoil that Bioware has been facing with the less than stellar ending to Mass Effect 3, I thought we could sit back and remember a great franchise Bioware started and never really did much with outside of its Xbox and PC release, this game being Jade Empire. Jade Empire kept the same Bioware formula that is trite and true, but in a very unique world that would never be replicated. Jade Empire Global Empire by Big Giant Circles, Sole Signal, and Tweek is a combination of Jade Empire and a Genesis game called Global Gladiators. The track is very interesting and even though it is quite long, never seems to lose your attention. Now I must go hunt down my copy of Jade Empire and relive a great action RPG that time has lost.

 

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01733/

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